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So I got a "forgotten English" page-a-day calendar for Christmas, and some of these words are gems. I have decided t share the best ones here!

Today's was codpiece which, whatever. But the one on the weekend was lovely:

Shigged: Cheated. I was shigged out of my money.
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I wasn't at work yesterday, and so missed out on...

Inkhornisms: Pedantic expressions which "smell of the lamp".

I don't know what "smell of the lamp" means, but essentially it was shoehorning a bunch of prefixes and suffixes together around a base word to make a new one. Apparently the longest still used is "incomprehensibility". #TIL

And of course, today's!

Atwape: to escape.

Ye olden folke were odd.
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IT IS I, BACK AGAIN.

Tulipomania: A violent passion for the acquisition or cultivation of tulips


It's exactly what it sounds like it would be, but I'm still baffled it's as thing xD
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(February 1, 2019 – 12:46 PM)Aldous Crouch Wrote:
Inkhornisms: Pedantic expressions which "smell of the lamp".

I don't know what "smell of the lamp" means

"Smell of the lamp" : To show the signs of arduous, overwrought effort, and to lack freshness or vitality as a result. (Said especially of academic or literary work.) Phrase comes from the era of gaslight where lamps had a distinctive smell and you could therefore tell if someone had been up all night working on something. This seems like a useful phrase for your teaching career!
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(February 5, 2019 – 3:27 PM)Ophelia Devine Wrote: This seems like a useful phrase for your teaching career!

"This smells of the lamp. Redo."
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From the weekend:
ack pirate: a pirate who follows his calling on inland waters.

Though I prefer to stylize it as Ack! Pirate!

And from today:
fly-by-sky: a passionate female; a giddy, flighty girl. Pronounced fleebisky.
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Neezled: A little intoxicated with liquor. From French nez (nose), because drunken people often speak through the nose.
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Satyriasis: Of men, extreme sexuality.


His satyriasis ensured many a doorstep baby would be delivered to him.
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It's been a while, but I HAVE been keeping track of some #fun words:

Puckersnatch: A difficulty; a complicated situation.
Pulchritudinous: Beautiful; graceful; morally excellent.
Malversation: Evil; fraudulent tricks.
Pseudomania: An insane tendency to make false statements.
Blatteration: Senseless roar.



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Today on "sometimes word meanings change":

Sophisticate: To adulterate or falsifie; to make counterfeit or deceitful. (1656)
Sophistication: adulteration; not genuineness. (1835)


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Next up....

Swartwout: To abscond. Swartwouter, an absconding swindler or embezzler
Scuttick: Anything of the smallest worth. "I won't pay one scuttick towards the taxes."


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